This week’s theme is “There’s a Way: What ancestor found a way out of a sticky situation? You might also think of this in terms of transportation or migration.” I am using this theme to see if I can find a way out of a conflict I discovered in Peter’s records.
Before, they were available on Ancestry.com, I sent away for some Pennsylvania death certificates, under the new law, in November 2012. I received most of the certificates on 29 March 2013. My surprise came when I reviewed the death certificate for Peter Bianchi.
In fact, it was a real shocker. First, some background…
Peter Bianchi, 1882 – 1922
Peter Bianchi, who is my great-uncle, is the eldest son of Bonaventura (aka Victor) and Maria [Bunt] Bianchi. His parents were born in Italy and Bohemia.
Bonaventura and Maria Bianchi immigrated to the US on 1 Dec 1888 with their young family. They came to the US on the ship SS Noordland out of Antwerp, Belgium with four children-one an infant. They had been living in Dudelingen, Luxembourg. Peter’s age on the passenger list is 5. After the birth of another child in New York, the family came to Hazelton, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania; and sometime between July 1893 and January 1894, they moved to Mount Carmel, Northumberland County, where they remained.
The 1900 US Federal census has Peter, born June 1882 in Prussia, living with his parents in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. In the 1910 and 1920 US Federal censuses, Peter, born in Germany, is married and living in his own home in Mt. Carmel.
His Pennsylvania marriage license and registration shows that Peter Bianchi married Katie Gower on 25 July 1908 in Shamokin, Northumberland County, PA. His parents are listed as Victor and Mary Bianchi of Mt. Carmel. Her parents are listed as Earnest and Kate Gower of Shamokin.
Peter’s WWI draft registration card states his name as Peter Paul Bianchi, born 24 June 1882, married to Catherine, working at the P&R Coal Co. as a miner and living at 528 123rd St., Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, PA.
In the 1930 US Federal census, Katherine is listed as a widow.
The death certificate listed his parents as Peter and Julia Bianchi born in Austria. Peter was listed as having died on 5 January 1922 in Mt. Carmel, Northumberland County, PA. His birthdate and birthplace were listed as 1 May 1883 and Pennsylvania [I think it states Penna but it is difficult to read]. Chas Bianchi of Mt. Carmel, who is his brother, supplied the information.
Pennsylvania Department of Health, death certificate 7859 (1922), Peter Bianchi; Division of Vital Records, New Castle.
My questions are:
Why wouldn’t his brother know who their parents are? There is no other Charles or Peter Bianchi in Mt. Carmel or in Northumberland County in this time.
Is there a way for me to resolve this conflict?
I would be interested in knowing what my next step should be. Should I just disregard it as an anomaly? What might I do to reconcile these statements with all the other evidence I have collected.
Week 19 of 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition, a blogging challenge initiated by Amy Johnson Crow in her blog No Story Too Small.